CAT 2017 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
CAT is a National level test conducted for admission in MBA programme. All IIMs conducts the exam on rotational basis. IIM Delhi is the conducting authority for CAT 2018. The exam will be held in December 2018.The eligibility criteria for CAT 2018 is graduation with minimum 50% marks(45% for SC/ST category).
CAT 2018 Application form will be available in month of August 2018. Interested candidates can apply online on CAT 2018 official website. The number of applicants that applied for CAT Exam last year is 232,434.
The important dates and events related to the application form, admit card, result notification of the CAT-2018 examination are depicted below in the tabular form:
|Commencement of online registration||August 2018|
|Last date of online registration||September 2018|
|Commencement of downloading the admit cards||October 2018|
|Date of the CAT -2018 examination||November 29, 2018|
|Announcement of results||2nd week of January 2018|
Note: These dates are tentative.
The eligibility criteria for the aspirants of CAT-2018 is specified below
The candidates can commence the application process by online registration followed by the filling of the application form, uploading of important documents form, payment of required fee and submission of the application form. The online application can be filled through the official website of CAT: https://iimcat.ac.in/.Candidate must log on to the official website and follow the following steps:
Note: Application fee for SC/ST/PWD candidates is INR 800/- only.
Candidate can download the admit card from the CAT website in the ending days of the month of October. Important steps for downloading the admit card is enlisted below:
Note: candidate will not be allowed to sit in the examination without the admit card and a valid address proof.
CAT examination is held every year by various IIM’s and there is no specific list of Institutes that participate in CAT. However, almost every top Business School accepts the scores obtained by the candidate in CAT examination.19 IIMs ,118 B-schools along with top B-Schools like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), FMS, SP Jain, MDI, etc. Participate in the CAT examination.
Here is the list of CAT Participating IIM’S along with details of the management courses offered by them:
|S.No.||Name of IIM||MBA specialization offered|
|1||IIM Ahmadabad||PGP, PGP-ABM , FPM|
|2||IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, FPM|
|3||IIM Calcutta||PGP-PGDM ,PGP PGDCM ,FPM|
|4||IIM Indore||PGP, EPGP, FPM|
|5||IIM Kolhapur||PGP, EPGPM|
|6||IIM Kozhikode||PGP FPM|
|7||IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM , FPM|
|8||IIM Raipur||PGP, PGPWE , FPM|
|9||IIM Ranchi||PGDM, PGDHRM , FPM|
|11||IIM Shilling||PGP, PGPEX , FPM|
|12||IIM Trichy||PGP, PGPBM, PGPHRM|
|14||IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP|
|16||IIM Sambalpur||PGP, EPGP, FPM|
|17||IIM Sirmaur||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM, FPM|
|19||IIM Kozhikode||Executive Post Graduate Programme - Kochi PGP,EPGP .FPM, Campus, MDP,FDP|
Note: Candidates are requested to apply for the institutes as per the availability of the desired course
The candidates applying for CAT are given an option to choose 4 CAT test cities in order of their preference.CAT authority makes best to allot the nearest test centre to the candidates especially the females. Generally, the candidates are allotted the centre as per the preference filled by them.However, in case it is impossible to accommodate the aspirant in the proffered examination centre, then they are allotted the centre closest to their preferred centre of choice.
The details of the allotted Examination centre will be mentioned in the Admit Card of the candidate. Out of all the 19 IIM’s only IIM Bangalore can change the venue of the allotted test center.IIM Bangalore also holds the right to cancel the same, as it deems fit due to administrative or any other reason.
Candidate must bring a government approved identification proof such as Pan Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card etc along with the admit card on the day of examination in order to be allowed to enter the examination centre.
The CAT authority has the provision of reservation of seats according to the norms of Government of India. The table given below shows the percentage of seats reserved for each category.
|Scheduled Castes||15% seats|
|Scheduled Tribes||7.5% seats|
|Other Backward Classes||27% seats|
|Physically Handicapped /PWD||3% seats|
CAT is based on 100 questions to be completed in 180 minutes. Each correctly answered question has the weightage of 3 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong response. The table below explains the exam pattern of the CAT:
|Sections||Quantitative Ability||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Total|
|Duration||60 Min||60 Min||60 Min||180 minutes|
The Syllabus of CAT is divided into following four sections:
In order to score well in the CAT, the candidates have to be well versed in the former four.The questions will be mostly in MCQ pattern. However, some of the questions will be of subjective types.
Candidates are selected for various MBA courses in different IIM’s on the basis of their score in the CAT examination. The selection process further comprises of three stages conducted by the IIM’s separately for the shortlisted candidates. The three stages of selection are illustrated below:
The cut-off for the IIMs is very high ranging generally in the bracket of 90-99 percentiles. The expected CAT 2017 cut-off will not vary much from the cut-off trend of the last year. The below-given table gives the expected cut-off in various top B- schools:
|B-School||CAT 2016 Cut-off (expected)|
|UBS Chandigarh||93+ Percentile|
|FMS, DU (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi)||98.20 Percentile|
|DMS, IIT Delhi||98+ Percentile|
|Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad||90+ Percentile|
|SJMSOM, IIT Bombay||99+ Percentile|
|Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon||95+ Percentile|
|Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras||95+ Percentile|
|National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai||95+ Percentile|
|Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)||90+ Percentile|
|Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai||90+ Percentile|
|T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal||85+ Percentile|